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I moved to Alexandria nine years ago with my husband. We bought our first home in Del Ray and then moved to Beverly Hills when we outgrew our townhouse with the arrival of our daughter. I love the small town feel of the city, but it still has all the perks of being so close to DC. I was drawn to Alexandria because I wanted a child (and dog!) friendly community that didn’t feel cookie cutter. You really know you’re in Alexandria and not just another development that could be anywhere.
I own an event and party planning firm, Untangled Events, that specializes in home entertaining. I do everything from birthday and anniversary parties to holiday gatherings and weddings.
Lives: Beverly Hills
Any unexpected surprises after you moved in?? I knew there were a lot of kids in the neighborhood, but the number of children playing on the block was a pleasant surprise. My daughter’s best friend from preschool turned out to live around the corner, leading to lots of neighborhood fun.
First Impressions of Beverly Hills… It seemed like the kind of place where people set down roots and really committed to being active members of the community.
Name your three favorite things about Alexandria… Being from California, I love the historic nature of the town. That wasn’t something I grew up with. I love Old Town and all it’s charms. I especially love when the trees are all covered in white twinkle lights. Art on the Avenue in Del Ray is probably my favorite event of the year. It’s a great opportunity to support local artists and seek out new favorite items. I really love a cape and eye mask I picked up for my godson one year.
Name three things you wish Alexandria had (but which it currently does not)… I think a beer garden would be a fun edition to the city. After being introduced to good Italian bakeries in Rhode Island by my husband I wish we had one here. I would love a couple more independent toy stores. I’m always on the hunt for birthday party gifts and holiday gifts and I don’t want everything to be Frozen themed!
Favorite neighborhood hangouts? Dos Amigos, Cheesetique, Virtue Feed and Grain, Buzz Bakery.